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Fujifilm unveils 51.4MP GFX50s mirrorless DSLR camera

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published May 23, 2018, 5:27 pm IST
Updated May 23, 2018, 5:27 pm IST
Adopting a 43.8x32.9mm medium format sensor with 51.4 MP, the new camera claims to be effectively built to achieve the best image quality.
The Fujifilm GFX 50S mirrorless camera is priced at a whopping Rs 5,11,999 for the body alone.
 The Fujifilm GFX 50S mirrorless camera is priced at a whopping Rs 5,11,999 for the body alone.

Fujifilm cameras are generally known for their image quality and decent colour replication has now unveiled its GFX50s medium format mirrorless camera. Adopting a 43.8x32.9mm medium format (FUJIFILM G Format) sensor with 51.4 MP, the new camera claims to be effectively built to achieve the best image quality. 

To complement the GFX50S, Fujifilm is also releasing FUJINON GF Lens series- a new camera system capable of creating the highest level of photographic expressions. The line-up includes seven interchangeable lenses- GF23mmF4 RLM WR, GF45mmF 2.8R WR, GF63mmF2.8 R WR, GF110mmF2 R LM WR, GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR macro, GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR and GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR, where all are targeted for photography professionals. The GFX50s promises to deliver performance across stills and video shooting, in addition, a new Colour Chrome Effect feature has been added. This feature can be used to reproduce the tones and deep colours.

 

The camera is equipped with a 43.8mm x 32.9mm, 51.4 MP CMOS sensor, boasting approx. 1.7x the area of full frame sensors. Both the shape of the light-gathering micro-lenses and the processing from the photodiodes have been customised to achieve a high level of sharpness and broad dynamic range.

The mirror-less camera features X-Processor Pro image processing engine, which is also used in the X-Pro2 and X-T2 cameras, the company claims that it is possible to experience Fujifilm's acclaimed Film Simulation colour reproduction with an ultra-high quality large size sensor. The Movie function also supports Full HD recording at 30p.

 

The camera weighs a hefty 1.2Kg, when paired with a standard lens (GF63mm F2.8 R WR), the camera weighs approx. 60 per cent of a medium format DSLR camera equipped with a sensor of the same size. Even when compared to a DSLR camera with a slightly smaller full-size sensor, the camera comes in at almost the same weight. Overall camera body height and width have also been minimised for maximum flexibility, overturning the common perceptions regarding the mobility of medium format digital cameras.

The mirrorless camera features a 3.69M-dot organic EL electronic viewfinder and 2.36M-dot touchscreen LCD back panel. Also, by attaching the separately sold EVF-TL1 EVF tilt adapter, the angle can be changed to a maximum angle of 90-degree when shooting horizontal landscapes and ±45-degree when shooting in the portrait position. A 3.2-inch, 2.36M-dot touch panel has been adopted for the rear monitor, allowing the user to use touch operations for the selection of the menu, distance measuring points and viewing of images that have been taken. The inclusion of a three-directional tilting LCD screen promises to improve operability and makes viewing images and checking focus even easier.

 

The company claims that utilising the merits of newly developing both a camera body and lenses simultaneously, the GFX 50S adopts a large diameter/short flange back mount with a diameter of 65mm and a flange back of 26.7mm. This construction promises to improve the freedom of the optical design of the lens.

Newly developed ultra-high resolution FUJINON GF Lenses – In preparation for the future, the GF Lens series is claimed to be newly designed specifically for the GFX 50S, possesses the resolving power capable of supporting a sensor with 100MP. The lens barrel also features an aperture ring in the same manner as XF Lenses, supporting the intuitive operation of photographers. A C (=Command) Position has been newly added to the aperture ring as well, allowing users to change the aperture using the command dial on the camera's body. In order to prevent incorrect operation, the A (=Auto) Position and C Position feature a locking button installed on the aperture ring that must be disabled to implement changes.

 

The FUJINON GF23mmF4 R LM WR – has a focal length equivalent to 18mm in the 35mm format and to the suite for landscape and architectural applications. Despite the super-wide angle of view, distortion is claimed to be kept to a minimum, and with the high-resolution performance extending all the way to the edges, sharp depiction power as if looking at an actual landscape is achieved. It features fast and quiet AF due to a linear motor, is dust and weather resistant, and is capable of operating in environments as cold as -10°C.

The FUJINON GF45mmF2.8 R WR – claims to be a versatile wide-angle lens with a focal length equivalent to 36mm (on a 35mm format) and maximum F2.8 aperture. It claims to have a compact and lightweight design (weighing only 490g).

 

The FUJINON GF63mmF2.8 R WR – this lens features an angle of view of approximately 50mm in 35mm format equivalent. The external form of this small and lightweight lens has a diameter of just 84.0x71.0mm with a weight of 405g. The optical system features a construction of 8 groups and 10 elements, including 1 ED lens element.

The FUJINON GF110mmF2 R LM WR – is a medium telephoto lens targeted for portraits. With a focal length equivalent to 87mm in the 35mm format, it promises to achieve a brightness of F2.0 when used wide open to deliver beautiful bokeh.

 

The FUJINON GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR macro – the optical system features a construction of 9 groups and 14 elements, including 3 ED lens elements. By adopting a floating focus method using a linear motor, silent and high-speed autofocusing is achieved while aberrations from long distances to short distances are corrected in a satisfactory manner, dramatically increasing the resolution.

The FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR – is a telephoto lens that promises to achieve approximately 198mm in 35mm format equivalent, bringing together Fujifilm’s proprietary optical design technology: it offers high resolving power for supporting further enhancement of image resolution in the future. The lens is claimed to capture the atmosphere of any scene through a combination of high-resolution performance and rich bokeh effect. Attaching the “GF1.4X TC WR”, a 1.4x teleconverter promises to provide coverage for telephoto shooting up to approximately 277mm in 35mm format equivalent, without any image quality deterioration.

 

The FUJINON GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR – the optical system features a construction of 11 groups and 14 elements, each using one of the three types of lens elements, aspheric lens, ED lens and super ED lens, including the large aperture high precision aperture lens, and claims to achieve high image quality equivalent to single-focus lenses from wide angles up to standard focal distances. As a result, the lens demonstrates high performance from the centre all the way to the edges. The lens adopts an inner focusing method, reducing the weight of the focus lens and achieving fast and silent AF by driving focusing using a linear motor.

 

Lastly, the Fujifilm GFX 50S mirrorless camera is priced at a whopping Rs 5,11,999 for the body alone.

The above-mentioned lens' prices are as follows:

  • FUJINON GF63mmF2.8 R WR Rs 1,19,999
  • FUJINON GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR Rs 1,79,999
  • FUJINON GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR Macro Rs 2,09,999
  • FUJINON GF23mmF4 R LM WR Rs 2,04,999
  • FUJINON GF45mmF2.8 R WR Rs 1,33,999
  • FUJINON GF110mmF2 R LM WR Rs 2,19,999
  • FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR Rs 3,53,999

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